Once we reached Kathgodam in the morning, we took a car to Binsar. The green, tranquil beauty of the Kumaon Hills becomes apparent very soon. The road isn’t that great – apparently, a cloudburst last year did plenty of damage all around, and it hasn’t been fully fixed. Plus, landslides are the norm en route. We were stuck for half hour as a landslide was cleared.
The Club Mahindra resort is nested in the valley, and makes for a very picturesque view all around. The resort was our home for the next 3 days. The occasional rain added to the charm. And of course, the cloud cover. Our only road trip out was to see the Binsar Sanctuary, from where on clear days, one can see the Himalayan ranges about 400 kms. away. That will have to wait another day for us!
The resort was very relaxing. I would sit in the balcony to do my thinking, reading and writing. We would wake to the birds chirping. The Kids Activities centre had plenty of stuff for Abhishek to do – trying his hand at carrom, chess, and more. The restaurant served us customised Jain food. And we got plenty of time with my parents to chat and reminisce about my vacations when I was growing up.